🚨 STEM shooting trial ends in guilty verdict
The 12-day murder trial for the 2019 STEM School shooting in Highlands Ranch wrapped up yesterday. Jurors declared the suspected shooter on trial guilty of first-degree murder. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in jail with no chance for parole. The shooter was also found guilty on 44 other charges. The 2019 attack left eight injured and 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo dead. [Douglas County News Press]
✈️ DIA CEO nominee entangled in L.A. investigation
Mayor Michael Hancock’s pick to run Denver International Airport, Phil Washington, caught media attention this week when the Los Angeles County D.A.’s office confirmed that the L.A. Metro, formerly headed by Washington, is currently under federal investigation. What exactly is being investigated is unclear, but the Denver mayor’s office has said they were aware of the situation even before nominating Washington and maintain full confidence in their decision. City Council is set to vote on Washington in July. [CO Politics]
🧑🍳 Three months more relief for CO restaurants and bars
On Monday, Gov. Polis extended an exemption for restaurants and bars from paying Colorado’s 2.9% sales tax through August. He also expanded this COVID relief effort to include caterers and food service contractors. [CO Newsline]
🪅 Casa Bonita is back! (Kinda)
It’s been a tough 15 months for Casa Bonita fans with the restaurant’s future in limbo, but there is light at the end of the tunnel — Casa Bonita has reopened! For free tours, that is. The kitchen isn’t doling out sopapillas just yet, but the restaurant’s owners have confirmed they’re aiming to be back in business by August. For now, they’re just hoping to get staff and patrons excited with some behind-the-scenes magic. [Westword]
👉 What you can do: Drop in for tours from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday or 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
🌡️ How hot is it out there?
So hot that one road in Centennial buckled under the heat, causing temporary traffic detours. Colorado even earned its first-ever “excessive heat warning” on the Western Slope this week, with officials urging residents to stay hydrated and avoid going outside if possible. So, yeah. Really hot. [9News]